The Phoenician

Last week we celebrated our grandma's 80th birthday with little weekend trip to one of our favorite places - Scottsdale, AZ! You may be thinking, "why on earth would Arizona be one of your favorite places, and during the month of August, no less?!?" BUT, let us explain.

The Phoenician | Salty Blondes

Growing up, our parents would take a trip together every summer, and we would stay with our grandparents.  Since our mom is an only child, we were lucky enough to be have our grandparents take us on trips with them! We are their only grandchildren, and so we've always had really close and special relationships with them. They took us to some really incredible places, including a Caribbean cruise, Indonesia, Hawaii, and a Mediterranean cruise.  And about every other year we would go stay at The Phoenician in Arizona during the summer.  Our grandma is from that area, and so that's kind of how the tradition started.

The Phoenician always felt like (and still does) such a luxury hotel for us to stay at, and we would have SO much fun as kids spending countless hours in the pools and on the famous water slide we all loved. Since Arizona is so hot in the summer, and no one really wants to vacation there that time of year, the resort is usually pretty empty when we go, and the rates are suuuuper low. 

The Phoenician | Salty Blondes

Hopefully that explains a little why we love this place so much! We've made so many memories here growing up, and it was just as fun staying there now that we're older.  Yes, it's hot, but we just stay in the water the entire time, or inside where they always have the AC blasting 😎 And we actually lucked out this year with the temperatures staying under 100Β°.

The Phoenician | Salty Blondes
The Phoenician | Salty Blondes

Cal & MJ loved their first stay this year too! They were little fish and MJ had lots of practice on his swimming.  He's been in lessons the past couple of weeks and is doing so well!

The Phoenician | Salty Blondes

They have some really yummy restaurants at The Phoenician too, so we basically don't have to leave at all if we don't want to! We'd have a late breakfast there every morning, then walk up and get gelato (also on-site) in the late afternoon, then one night we ordered in food to our rooms and one night we went out! 

Oh and also, we are writing this just to document and give a little background on us, not trying to sell anyone on vacationing in Arizona. BUT, if we did by some chance sell you on it, here's another little tip if you're from Utah County: ALLEGIANT FLIES FROM PROVO TO AZ! We got $50 flights from the Provo Airport (the best/easiest airport to fly out of). 

On our last morning we had brunch at the JW Marriot in Scottsdale on our way to the airport.  Also recommend that if you're ever in Scottsdale πŸ˜‹

The Phoenician | Salty Blondes

(Not pictured was our 82-year-old grandpa who was also there with us hanging by the pool 🧑). We were just missing our brothers who, by the way, come home from their missions in Argentina in December!! 

Cabo with Costco Travel

Regan here, feeling refreshed, relaxed, and motivated to start planning my next trip to Cabo!! 

My husband, Daniel, and I have made it a tradition to try to get away together for our anniversary each year.  Even if it's just a weekend stay-cation, we always try to do something and I love it!

This year we booked a trip to Cabo and it was the perfect getaway for us.  We left baby Cal with my parents (which was HARD), and spent 5 days in Mexican paradise ;)

DRESS / HAT / SANDALS / BAG

We are currently saving for baby #2 (more on that later), so we didn't have a very big budget to spend on this year's trip.  Introducing your new best friend for booking your next vacation...COSTCO TRAVEL.

You're welcome in advance.

I couldn't believe how many of the people I've told about this have never heard of Costco Travel, so I knew I needed to #sharethegoodness. 

It's basically just a bunch of awesome deals on travel packages.  

Secrets Puertos Los Cabos

 was part of one of Costco's featured vacation packages at the time when we booked our trip (they feature certain packages when they have really good deals), and it included flights and a $300 Costco Cash Card.  We stayed at a Secrets resort in Cancun on our honeymoon and LOVED the resort (it's all-inclusive), so we went ahead and booked our trip to Cabo.

Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM

We LOVED Cabo.  My husband and I both decided we like Cabo better than Cancun. It's a quicker flight, and we just felt like the food and service was better quality.  I will say that the blue water and white sand beaches are better in Cancun, and one bummer about our resort was that the beach this time of year is not swimmable because the waves are too big.  BUT, overall, we had a great experience in Cabo.

Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / COVERUP / SUNGLASSES

Since our resort was all-inclusive (meaning unlimited food and drinks, all. day. long.), we only left the resort twice.  This was perfect for us, and just the relaxing trip that we had envisioned.  We hung at the pool for hours, took long walks on the beach, sipped (virgin) pina coladas, and ate unlimited amounts of chips & guac and the most delicious chicken quesadillas.  It was perfection.

The views at the resort were incredible.  There was a "party pool" (what we called it) and a quiet pool.  We stayed at the quiet pool which was pretty deserted most of the time and had the most gorgeous vanishing edge with an amazing view of the beach. Although the weather was SO hot, we felt like it was a great time to go to Cabo because the resort wasn't very crowded (this is also probably why we got such a great price).  And we stayed in the water all day anyways, so the heat didn't bother us!

Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / SUNGLASSES

We booked a snorkel excursion and explored Cabo San Lucas one day, which was really fun.  We booked it the day before just through the company at our resort, and probably could have shopped around a little more for a better deal, but had a great experience and felt like we got a decent price for everything it included.

A shuttle picked us up, took us to the marina in Cabo San Lucas, and we took a glass-bottom boat out to see the Cabo Arch.  We explored the pretty rock formations, then got to get out and snorkel.  We snorkeled for about an hour and then got dropped off at Lover's Beach and spent about a half hour there.  The water was so pretty and warm.  

Another cool thing about the snorkel excursion was that the tour guide followed us around while we snorkeled and took pictures of us on his GoPro (making all my snorkeling mermaid picture dreams come true ;).  He was so nice and gave us a CD of all the pictures at the end of the tour.

After the snorkel tour we had a couple of hours to explore Cabo San Lucas.  We walked around and shopped, and asked all of the locals where the best tacos were.  Multiple people referred us to Las Guacamayas and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.  SO GOOD.

TOP / SHORTS

On our last night we visited one of the most highly recommended spots in all of Cabo...Flora Farms.  Most of Cabo is pretty desert-y, but when you pull up to Flora Farms all you see is lush green farmland.  It's a little community that grows all of their own crops.  There's a cute little restaurant with live music playing, lots of adorable seating areas, some little cute shops, an ice cream stand, and pathways going through the gardens that you can explore.  The food at the restaurant was incredible.  So fresh and delicious.

Overall we loved Cabo, and are so glad we were able to spend this time together.  Huge thanks to my parents for taking such great care of Cal while we were gone.  We missed that little sweetie!

Let me know if you have any questions about our trip that I didn't cover.  I'd love to answer them!

Links to my swimsuits and coverups below :)


San Diego!

If you follow us on Instagram, it's no secret how much we LOVE San Diego.  It's where we grew up (and where we all secretly wish we still lived).  Luckily our parents and a lot of our family still live there so we visit every chance we get!

We wanted to put together a quick "local's guide" to San Diego listing the top things we always love to do when we visit.  Of course, there are always the well known spots to hit up like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, but below are some of the less known places to see and, let's be honest, what we mostly do when we're down there, EAT ;)

We always make sure to get in at least one or two beach days and our favorite beach is Carlsbad beach on Beech Ave.  We usually set up right in front of the Beach Terrace Inn, which would be a great place to stay if you're visiting San Diego!

We always walk up to our favorite taco shop, Cessy's for lunch, which is just about a quarter mile from the beach and it's so delish!

(we may also be known for stopping at the Cold Stone on the way back too ;)

We've posted about how much we love Coronado before, but will say again that one of our other favorite things to do is ride bikes around Coronado.  We ride to the Hotel Del (another awesome hotel to stay at) and will take a break and grab a drink when we get there, then ride back to our favorite Coronado restaurant, Il Fornaio.  It has the prettiest view of the ocean and the food is unreal.

A few other cool spots to be sure to check out in San Diego are:

-La Jolla cliffs.  There are some great lookout points and even some cliff jumping (just Google La Jolla Cliff Jumping for those exact spots)

Torrey Pines Gliderpoint. There are tons of people hang gliding and paragliding here and it's fun to walk around and watch (or try if you're brave enough for that).

-Catch a Padres Game at Petco Park in downtown San Diego (and be sure to grab dessert at Ghiradelli :)

-If you're up for venturing up to Northern San Diego County, there are a couple of hole-in-the-wall food stops that we make sure to stop at without fail whenever we visit. 

Agrusa's Sandwiches (we promise you the best pastrami or turkey sandwich of your life)

Peterson's Donuts (plan on being in a sugar coma afterwards)

Let us know if you're visiting San Diego and ever have any questions, OR if you visit any of these spots! We'd love to hear what you thought!

Bear Lake 2017

Hey guys! So we just had a big Reilly family reunion in Bear Lake over the 4th of July weekend, and had SO much fun! Most of our family rented a house through Airbnb, and we stayed with Paige's in-laws who have a place there. We LOVE Bear Lake so much and wanted to share some of our pictures from the trip, as well as some pros and cons to visiting Bear Lake as a little travel guide for anybody thinking about visiting! And you all really should...it's SO gorgeous!

Pros/Cons

Pro: One of the biggest pros about going to Bear Lake is how beautiful the water is! It's a gorgeous turquoise color and the water is just really clean and pretty.

Con: That being said, the water is always a little chilly even in the dead of summer which is a con for us (and any other wussies out there ;) For this reason, the best time to go is the end of July through the beginning of September, when the water has had time to heat up, and it's hot enough that you don't mind jumping in cool water!

Pro: Cute little lake town. Gorgeous scenery, quiet town.

Con: Not many food options! There's only one small market that often runs out of food on busy weekends, so make sure to get food in Logan on your way up so you're not stuck taking an hour long trip to the grocery store once you're up there!

Where to eat: As far as restaurants, La Beau's is the place to go for burgers and shakes! (Bear Lake is famous for their raspberry shakes). Bear Lake Pizza is also pretty tasty, and Cafe Sabor for Mexican food! (All of these are in Garden City which is where we stayed).

What to bring: Easy ups and coolers with drinks and lunch/snacks for the beach. Rent paddle boards and jet skis once you're there! The jet skis were such a hit.  The kids loved getting rides and we would just beach them when we weren't using them.

Check out this vid Sidney made of some of the highlights! We're pretty obsessed with out family.

Summer Travels

We meant to post this sooner, but better late than never, right? ;) Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen that we recently traveled to New York and St. Thomas with our family! It was such a fun trip, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite pictures as well as where we stayed, favorite restaurants, and some of our favorite things we did/saw!

NEW YORK

The first part of our trip was spent in New York. Most flights from San Diego (where part of our family was coming from) and Salt Lake City don't fly directly to St. Thomas, so we decided it would be fun to spend a few days in NY, since we had to make a stop on that side of the country anyways.  We spent three days there, which we thought was the perfect amount of time. And we definitely made the most out of the time we had. We visited all of the famous and monumental sites, experienced the underground subway system (probably more times than we would have liked - it's so hot and muggy down there this time of year), ate at least one slice of NY pizza per day, did a LOT of walking, rode bikes through Central Park, and saw Wicked on Broadway. 

We stayed at the JW Marriott which was such a great hotel! The location was unbeatable - right across the street from Central Park, and just a few blocks away from Times Square. Our rooms had the most gorgeous view of Central Park and the New York cityscape (insert heart eyes!!). There was also a little French bakery right around the corner called Petrossian Cafe. Our dad went over early every morning and brought back the yummiest croissants + fruit for us to eat - the chocolate, almond and apricot croissants were to DIE for. And there was a 24 hour pizza joint on the other side of the hotel, which we were obviously all about. We had a blast in New York! 

View from the JW Marriot

Times Square

ST. THOMAS

From NY we flew to St. Thomas. The three of us had been on a Caribbean cruise before, but had never explored St. Thomas until now. It was amazing! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Resort (we know, how lucky are we?!) which was so perfect. We had a three bedroom house where we all stayed together that was basically right on the beach. The resort had all kinds of water sports available to use, so we took advantage of that each day we were there. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and sailing. We also visited some amazing beaches that are famous for their snorkeling spots. Linguist Beach and Magens Bay were UNREAL. White sand. Turquoise blue water. Just so beautiful. Then on our last day we chartered a boat that took us to some of the best beaches and snorkeling areas on St. John. I think we all agreed that this was our favorite part of the trip. We went to Cinnamon Beach, and Trunk Bay which were both just so gorgeous. Then we finished off the day at Christmas Cove. We saw TONS of sea turtles here. Christmas Cove also has a dive up pizza boat where you can order pizza, then pull your boat up and eat it right out on the water. And it was delish! Such a cool idea. Pictures below plus a little video Sidney put together from our trip. 

Linquist Beach

Magen's Bay

Iggies restaurant in St. Thomas! Good food and such a fun atmosphere.

Snorkeling in St. John!

Truck Bay on St. John

White sand beaches in our Triangl Swimwear

Our last morning in St. Thomas we had brunch at Mafolie Hotel & Restaurant with this amazing view.

And to top of an amazing vacation...Paige and her husband announced to the family that they will be welcoming in a BABY BOY in January 2015!! Get ready for some maternity posts coming to the blog in the months to come! ;)

We hope this was helpful if you're ever traveling to New York or St. Thomas! Check out the short video with some highlights from our trip, as well as some of our outfit details below!


Maui

As promised on our Instagram, below are some of our favorite cover ups and a few pictures from Paige's recent Maui trip. The three she's wearing are linked below as well as some others that we love!

The next few pics were taken at one of my favorite places to visit in Maui, called the Seven Sacred Pools. If you're planning a trip to Maui, I highly recommend going here! It's a short, very easy hike (if you want to even call it that) to the pools, and so worth it! 

The pictures below were taken around our hotel. We stayed at the Wailea Beach Villas. This is a beautiful hotel with a much more quiet and relaxed vibe than the Grand Wailea, which is right next door. 

I also thought I'd share two of my favorite restaurants in Maui! This first picture below was taken at Koa's Seaside Grill in Lahaina. We had lunch there and it was delicious! The last picture was outside Mama's Fish House ...definitely a must if you're in Maui! Both outfits are also linked below ;)

Hope you're enjoying your summer!

Coronado

As you probably saw on instagram last week...Sidney is finally back!! We couldn't be more excited, and had a blast this last weekend in California celebrating her return. If you've read our about section, you know at least a little about her and what she'll be contributing to the blog. She's the healthy eating, athletic fire ball of the bunch. Definitely the coolest sister :-P Anyways, she'll be sharing her amazing work outs, healthy recipes, and much more! Stay tuned :)

Below are some pics from one of our favorite days last weekend at home. We went to Coronado and rode bikes, ate at our favorite restaurant, and hung out with the fam!

Paige: Top | Denim | Sandals | Hat

Regan: Top | Denim | Sandals | Glasses

Sidney: Top | Denim | Sandals | Glasses


We ended the day having dinner at our family's favorite restaurant. If you're in San Diego, we highly recommend Il Fornaio!